FIRST robotics team 2197, Las Pumas, New Prairie High School, was part of the three-team alliance that captured the championship at the first ever Purdue District Competition held at the Co-Rec Center on the campus of Purdue University from March 19-21, 2015.
The first-ever championship for New Prairie scored them enough points to qualify for the Indiana State Championship held at Ben Davis High School from April 2 through April 4, 2015. Invitations were extended to the top 32 teams in the state. Ten teams will advance to the world championships in St. Louis on April 22-25, 2015.
Team 2197 includes juniors Emily Hobart, Colt Houseknecht and Ben Meadows along with sophomores Lucas Allegrette, Max Bauer, Nick Bertolan, Baylee Carpenter, James Cochran, Alex Crawford, Rachel Devereaux, Malinda Jack, Josh Leiter, Reid Onnink, Brennan Shank, Kristen Smith and Brett Stevens. Freshman Evan Williams rounds out the team. The mentors include Sam Tillich (Honeywell), Dan Sales (California Analytical Instruments), Larry Crawford (I/N Tek I/N Kote), Jon Houseknecht (Sunset Septic and Excavation), Holly Hauck (NP biology teacher) and Frank Hobart (NP engineering teacher). Considerable assistance was provided by Ryan Jones, NP art teacher, and Robyn Kubsch, NP FACS teacher.